The Egg Diaries – Poached

Eggs are a godsend for the amateur cook. They’re healthy, quick and easy. Mostly importantly they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all of the above! ‘The Egg Diaries’ is dedicated to helping you become a connoisseur in all things eggy.

Meet the poached egg. He’s simple, yet elegant. He feels most at home perched atop a rasher of bacon, or smothered in hollandaise sauce. 

Mmm, dat yolk

You will need:
✩ eggs
✩ white vinegar
a saucepan
a small bowl

1. Fill the saucepan with ~5cm of water
2. Pour in a dash of white vinegar with the water and mix (this ensures the eggs don’t spread out once they’re dropped into the water)
3. Bring the water to the boil, meanwhile crack an egg into a small bowl
4. Once the water is boiling, carefully drop your first egg into the water (the trick is to get the bowl as close to the water as possible before pouring in the egg) – repeat with your remaining eggs
5. If you would like a soft-poached runny egg, let them cook for only 2 minutes – no more, no less!
6. Using a slotted spoon, carefully lift your eggs out of the water and drain
7. Serve with toast and whatever else your heart may desire!

Additional tips: if you trying to impress someone, you can create a whirlpool in your water and drop the egg into the middle – this will help the egg stay in a neat shape. Alternatively, you can make a little glad-wrap hammock for your egg and simply dangle it in the boiling water.

There you have it my friends, the perfect poached egg.

As Mr Burns would say: Eggcellent…

Comment below with your own poached egg experiences, and let us know if this how-to worked for you!

Watch this space for more instalments in ‘The Egg Diaries’!

FTC xx

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7 thoughts on “The Egg Diaries – Poached

    • Great to hear, Ema! We love a good eggy treat ourselves 🙂 Did you try out our how-to? Poached eggs are great for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Check out our how-to’s for scrambled eggs, fried eggs, and a simple omelette recipe!

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      • Yeah, I often prepare Poached eggs for a healthy brunch. Egg breakfast is really satisfying and filling also. I’ll have a look at your other recipes too. Happy Egging 😛


  1. Thank you so much for posting this! I have tried and (devastatingly) failed over the past few years to master the poached egg and somehow it would always go wrong. But after following these super simple steps – I was able to do it on the first try! It was so pretty I even instagrammed it, which you can find here: xx


  2. Reblogged this on Broke-Ass Students and commented:
    Check out Flying The Coops Egg Diaries – Giving you a helping hand in having the perfect eggs! Eggs are easy, healthy and CHEAP perfect when you’re a Broke-Ass Student. Flying the Coop also has other blogs posts giving you a heads up on all things you might need to know when moving out of home!


  3. Firstly, I’m salivating at that runny egg yolk. Secondly, the egg diaries sounds like my life in an eggshell (egg pun!) because I could literally eat brekky with poached eggs 3 times a day. That said, this tip will surely help me out coz I only ever eat someone else’s masterpiece and sadly, I don’t have an egg-poacher with me at all times.


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